Wellington-gateway to the South

Trip Start Sep 06, 2004
Trip End May 22, 2005

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Friday, February 11, 2005

I packed up all my stuff on the Friday night before I left, I realised I might have a bit too much stuff again so I have left some stuff in Jackie's care.
I really can't thank Jackie and Ian (her husband) enough, they are both very kind and generous people.
Jackie took me to the air port for my flight down to Wellington, I was a bit worried that I might need to pay for my excess baggage, but the check-in woman very kindly ignored that my backpack was 4.2kg over the 20kg limit and that my hand luggage was 9kg and not 7kg.
The flight was over almost straight away which was good.
I got a bus to my hostel. I would be staying there for the next two nights. I dumped my stuff into my room and discovered it had an en- suite bathroom and a great big bath tub. Only one little problem was that lack of plug and taps to fill it up-like that would stop me HA!!
I headed into town to get some food I knew what I wanted KFC, I had gone months without that finger licking good original recipe. I got take out and headed back to the hostel. I really enjoyed my dinner. Read some of my book and headed to bed, I had a big day tomorrow-to find a plug.
I had spoken to Neil the night before and we were going to go to Ta Papa-the national museum, but he phoned to say that he couldn't make it. I had been looking threw the guide book and decided to head to the national police museum instead. The introduction said that it held exhibitions of some of NZ most famous murders. For the life of me I couldn't think of one famous NZ murders. After the met's black museum this place had a lot to live up to.
Well I never got there to find out the place was out in the suburbs of Wellington and took two buses to get there, the first dropped my off where I needed to change , when the second bus turned up and I asked for the ticket, the driver to ld me that he didn't go that far. After a short chat I found out that no buses go there and his was the closes and stopped about 2km short-sod that. I have seen the best police museum in the world, I wasn't about to walk 2km to see NZ-sorry NZ.
I headed back to town and phoned Neil. We arranged to met and head up to the botanical gardens, via the cable car. I had found a plug and met Neil for coffee. After that we headed up the cable car, If you ever use this car only by a single ticket, we brought a return but never used the down journey, because when you get off at the top you find out that to see all of the gardens you have to walk down to the bottom anyway.
I had a lovely day with Neil, but I needed an early night and I wanted my bath. It took bloody ages to fill it up using the shower but it worked and I had a lovely long soak.
Just what I needed before my trip down South.
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